To be buried with your pet? A majority of French people say yes

Whether they have one or not, the French are mostly in favor of passing a law allowing people to be buried with the ashes of a pet.
Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty Images Whether they have one or not, the French are mostly in favor of passing a law allowing people to be buried with the ashes of a pet.

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Whether they have one or not, the French are mostly in favor of passing a law allowing people to be buried with the ashes of a pet.

DEATH – Rest in peace alongside the ashes of your dog or cat. This is the subject of the bill tabled by 27 deputies on 8 February. And which would allow anyone making the request to be buried alongside the ashes of their pet.

On the eve of All Saints’ Day, Ifop questioned more than 2,000 French people on this question, at the request of the animal information site Woopets.fr. According to the results of the study, whether or not they own pets, the French are 68% to support such a law. The youngest are the most in favour: 80% of those under 35 are for it. The gap between men (66%) and women (69%) is not very significant.

Theory and practise

But if in theory, the idea seduces, in practice, a little less. Among pet owners, only 45% would, if the law were passed, want to ask to be buried with their pet. Dog owners are more numerous (51%) than cat owners (47%). Again, young pet owners are the most likely to want to be buried alongside their faithful companion’s ashes, at 63%.

If Germany, the United Kingdom or even Switzerland allow it, this practice remains prohibited in France, where 7 million dogs and more than 15 million cats live, to name a few (source: FACCO/Kantar 2020 ).

The burial of animals regulated by law

The bill tabled by Olivier Falorni, MoDem deputy and Independents of Charente-Maritime, wants to allow “ to any individual, who expressly states this choice during his lifetime, during his burial in a communal cemetery, to have the cinerary urn of his animals stored by his side, within his coffin, before the coffin..

Currently in France, the burial of animals is regulated by law. Only small animals such as dogs or cats can be buried in an approved animal cemetery. “Throwing the remains of your animal in a trash can, a sewer or any other place is prohibited and can be punished with a fine of 3,750 euros”says the law.

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